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BAE, Quasar, University to Build Dead Animal-Based IED Location Tech

BAE, Quasar, University to Build Dead Animal-Based IED Location Tech - top government contractors - best government contracting event

Bae systems logo_ExecutiveBizBAE Systems, Quasar Federal Systems and the University of Arizona have won contracts from the the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to develop methods of finding improvised explosive devices hidden in dead animals.

DARPA’s Methods for Explosive Detection and Standoff program aims to develop technology that finds the IEDs in the animals, meat or mud with no contact of either type of physical service, Military Aerospace & Electronics reports.

BAE won a $427,003 contract, Quasar will take in $1.8 million and the University of Arizona will receive $1.5 million.

John Keller writes DARPA wants an IED detection system that functions similar to how doctors find breast cancer but does not want to use ionizing radiation because of its potential health risks.

DARPA is interested in technology that uses electromagnetic indicators, acoustics, x-rays and non-ionizing detection methods, Keller reports.

DARPA experts are interested in technologies such as mixed modality mechanisms that use electromagnetic indicators and acoustic vibration, x-rays, and non-ionizing detection methods. Approaches that rely on x-rays with minimal ionizing radiation exposure may be of potential interest.

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Written by Ross Wilkers

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